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Jordan Matthews | Wide Receiver

Team: Vanderbilt Commodores
Ht / Wt:  6'3' / 202

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Eagles No. 42 pick WR Jordan Matthews will begin his career as a slot receiver, according to coach Chip Kelly.
Kelly will be thrilled to upgrade the slot from the stuck-in-the-mud Jason Avant to the big and projectable Matthews. The 6-foot-3 1/8, 212-pound Commodore, Jerry Rice's cousin, is the SEC's career record holder for receptions with 364 and receiving yards with 4,950. Matthews had a 4.46 forty and 10-foot broad jump at the combine. May 10 - 12:35 AM

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Eagles selected Vanderbilt WR Jordan Matthews with the No. 42 overall pick in the 2014 NFL draft.

Matthews (6-foot-3 1/8, 212) started for three-plus years at Vandy, setting SEC all-time records in catches (262) and yards (3,759) with 24 TDs. He was named first-team All-SEC as both a junior and senior by the conference's coaches. Despite standout measurables (4.46 forty, 10-foot broad jump), Matthews' detractors cite a lack of separation skills when deeming him a limited-ceiling prospect. We were impressed by his long arms (33 1/4"), huge hands (10 3/8"), toughness, and experience in the slot and outside. Jerry Rice's cousin, Matthews is a known gym rat with smarts (29 Wonderlic score) and savvy. A large portion of Matthews' receiving yards came on screen passes that were blocked perfectly, but the receiver has little wasted movement and good straight-line speed.
May 9 - 8:00 PM

Vanderbilt WR Jordan Matthews will visit the Titans on Monday.

Matthews qualifies as a local college visit, so he will not count against the team's number of allotted in-house visits. The Commodore receiver would enter a crowded position in Tennessee, but the value could be quite good in the third-round range. Matthews' teammate, offensive lineman Wesley Johnson, will also visit. Johnson has generated some buzz since a few teams believe he can play every position along the line.
Mar 31 - 10:19 AM

Missouri CB E.J. Gaines called Vanderbilt WR Jordan Matthews the best wide receiver he faced in his career.

This is interesting because Gaines has squared off against some of the best wide receivers in the nation during his career in both the Big 12 and SEC. In 2013, it should be noted, Gaines matched up across from Texas A&M's Mike Evans. "Matthews may be the most underrated in the [wide receiver] group," wrote CBS Sports' Bruce Feldman. "He's 6-3, 212, has huge hands and ran in the mid 4.4s. The guy made a ton of plays in the SEC despite being the main focus of rival teams and he was on one of the few teams that didn't have a standout QB."
Source: CBS Sports
Feb 27 - 8:19 PM

NFL.com's Gil Brandt considers Vanderbilt WR Jordan Matthews to be one of the hardest working prospects out there.

"Everyone was worried about his speed, and some wonder whether he's going to be just a possession receiver," Brandt writes. "What I know about Matthews is that he's one of the hardest-working prospects out there. He's the guy who, whenever he stops playing football, will be a hugely successful person, whether it's as a politician or a banker or an entrepreneur. He's a really special guy." Matthews has the ideal size (6-foot-3, 209 pounds)and speed (4.46 at Combine) that coaches are looking for at the next level, but his mental make-up is something that will only help his stock moving forward. Matthews is projected to go in the second-round of the draft.
Source: NFL.com
Feb 27 - 12:55 PM

Vanderbilt WR Jordan Matthews clocked an official 4.46 second forty time.

His "unofficial" times were announced at 4.40 and 4.44 seconds, respectively. Matthews (6-foot-3, 209 pounds) is the SEC's career record holder for receptions with 364 and receiving yards with 4,950. The former Alabama prep star made scouts swoon at the Senior Bowl and is a potential first-round pick.
Feb 23 - 5:29 PM

Vanderbilt senior WR Jordan Matthews was "spectacular" at Tuesday's Senior Bowl practice, according to NFL.com's Chase Goodbread.

Matthews was upset with himself for dropping some passes on Monday, and he made up for it the next day. "He will go into the briar patch, take his hits and keep on ticking," NFL Media analyst Charles Davis said after Tuesday's practice. "I never worry about that part with him. Obviously, people are going to want to know what he runs (at the combine). All in all, I think he's a big-time prospect. Let's face it: How many quarterbacks threw to him at Vanderbilt? Try to name them all. Yet everyone knew he was coming each week in the SEC." Matthews remained after practice to work on red-zone throws with Derek Carr. He's a coach's dream.
Source: NFL.com
Jan 22 - 12:00 PM

Vanderbilt senior WR Jordan Matthews requested tapes of Senior Bowl CBs in preparation of the game.

"Talk about work ethic and pro approach," Senior Bowl Executive Director Phil Savage said. We agree. Matthews isn't the most talented athletically, and he never had a great quarterback or surrounding talent at Vanderbilt, but the kid is a winner because he's invested in little details like requesting tape of a bunch of players that will be lucky to carve out a few years in the NFL. Matthews is the SEC's career record holder for receptions and receiving yards. The former Alabama prep star is a potential first-round pick.
Jan 10 - 10:01 PM

Vanderbilt senior WR Jordan Matthews "never had the luxury of elite quarterback play but still was prolific" according to NFL.com's Charles Davis.

With 107 catches in 2013, Matthews has already snapped the SEC record for most receptions in a single season. Matthews is the SEC's career record holder for receptions with 364 and receiving yards with 4,950. "The senior shows great toughness, the ability to work inside and he can beat a defense over the top," wrote Davis. "If he runs a good time at the combine, look out. He could rise up draft boards." Matthews is a potential first-round pick.
Source: NFL.com
Thu, Dec 26, 2013 08:45:00 PM

Vanderbilt senior WR Jordan Matthews accepted an invite to play in the Senior Bowl.

Matthews, a former Alabama prep star, is the SEC's career record holder for receptions with 364 and receiving yards with 4,950. With 107 catches in 2013, Matthews has already snapped the SEC record for most receptions in a single season. He's also the first player in SEC history to record back-to-back 90 catch seasons. The senior still has Vanderbilt's bowl game to add to his jaw-dropping numbers. Matthews is a potential first-round pick.
Mon, Dec 2, 2013 08:48:00 PM

Vanderbilt senior WR Jordan Matthews caught 11 passes for 125 yards in the school's 23-21 win over Wake Forest.

Matthews continues to produce at a high level and displays really good skill at the catch point. We aren't ready to put him in the top-32 overall among draft prospects, but he is a very consistent receiver on the edge.
Sat, Nov 30, 2013 06:06:00 PM

NFL.com's Charles Davis believes Vanderbilt senior WR Jordan Matthews is a top five prospect at his position.

"He is a big-time player," Davis writes. "I'm reminded of Eric Decker when I watch Matthews... He has terrific hands and runs excellent routes. We'll have to see about his speed when he runs at the combine, but I think he will surprise people as a runner." We have seen Matthews get a lot of first-round love, and although we respect his consistency and strength at the catch point, Matthews looks more like a second day selection.
Source: NFL.com
Wed, Nov 27, 2013 09:43:00 AM

Vanderbilt senior WR Jordan Matthews is three catches short of matching former Commodore Earl Bennett's SEC career record of 236.

Barring injury, the record will fall on Saturday night against Tennessee. The Vols won't appreciate this mark being set by a rival in Neyland Stadium, but nobody has been able to stop Matthews this season.
Source: NFL.com
Fri, Nov 22, 2013 06:16:00 PM

Vanderbilt senior WR Jordan Matthews caught five passes for 45 yards in Saturday's 34-17 victory over Florida.

The win was Vandy's first in Gainesville since 1945 and snapped a 22-game losing streak against the Gators. The Commodores accumulated just 12 first downs and 187 yards, but converted four Tyler Murphy turnovers into three touchdowns. Matthews checks in as Scouts Inc.'s Todd McShay No. 29 overall prospect, one spot above Texas A&M redshirt sophomore WR Mike Evans.
Sat, Nov 9, 2013 07:15:00 PM

Scouts Inc.'s Todd McShay ranks Vanderbilt senior WR Jordan Matthews at No. 29 overall.

This ranks above Texas A&M redshirt sophomore WR Mike Evans, who checks in at No. 30, and either of the LSU receivers. Matthews "has good ball skills with the ability to adjust to the ball in the air, and he is a very competitive player," per McShay. "He has prototypical size for the position." We aren't as high on Matthews, but it is tough to argue with McShay's conclusions here. He looks more like a second day talent to us.
Source: ESPN
Sat, Nov 9, 2013 10:26:00 AM